Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Have You Heard About Fashion Island?

Fashion Island (formally known as Isla Moda): an island, in the process of being built, along the coast of Dubai that will consist of a fashion hotel, themed residential buildings, haute couture boutiques, and luxury hospitality facilities designed by key names in the fashion industry.

Trust Dubai to create an island devoted to fashion!

"Dubai is a fashion bud on the verge of blossoming into the next fashion hub of the world"
- Karl Lagerfeld

aaaaand get this--Chanel God, Karl Lagerfeld will be designing 80 of those homes!!! Oh My God, could you imagine living in a home designed by the Karl Lagerfeld??? That would be more than a dream come true!

Rumor has it that former Spice Girl and British fashion icon, Victoria Beckham, will be involved in this project as well... supposedly, she will be designing the island's hotel "Hotel Moda"... how cool is that!

For more information about Isla Moda, check out this article

"Isla Moda has tremendous potential to be the style icon of the future"
-Karl Lagerfeld

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Have You Heard About ROUGE DIOR Creamy Red Lip Gloss?


This is another product that's at the top of my Beauty MUST HAVES list!

Dior is always amazinggg for lips... I absolutely LOVE it!

for the sexiest pout Dior has a deep red gloss with a bit of shimmer

Rouge Dior
crème de gloss

with sexy lips like these, you'll be irresistible to any man across the room!

This item stays in my purse 24/7 and is definitely a must for your makeup bag

**MaVeNeTTe apProVed**

Have You Heard About Atlas Orthogonal?

Most people walk around with a misaligned atlas and have no idea.

Do you ever experience chronic back pain shoulder, neck or facial pain fatigue/sluggishness insomnia frequent headaches/migraines hernia/slipped disk bad posturefibromyalgia nervous twitching shooting pain down the arms or legs hypertension chronic ear and sinus infections vertigodizziness trouble balancing anxiety joint problems (including TMJ) limp difficulties concentrating depressiondigestive problems?

if you said YES to any of the above symptoms, there is a chance your atlas is out of alignment.

The atlas is the first cervical vertebra of your spine, it is the bone at the top of your spine which supports the weight of your head--named after Greek mythological character Atlas, who carried the globe on his shoulders.

the human head weights about as much as a bowling ball... can you imagine the amount of pressure that puts on your atlas? and now imagine how much additional pressure is placed when your head is off center? your vertebral arteries provide blood to parts of your brain and spinal cord, so it is crucial to make sure they are in the correct place.

atlas misalignment may be a result of anything that has caused a whiplash (sports injuries, falls, car accidents, etc) or often times it can be a birth defect (in most cases the atlas can be misaligned if the doctor pulls you even slightly in the wrong direction during delivery)

sleeping on your stomach often worsens the condition, as it forces the neck out of place.

Did you know that having a misaligned atlas increases the risk of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Thanks to recent technology, there has been a breakthrough in chiropractic healing:

Atlas orthogonists realign your atlas so that your head sits perfectly on top of your spine, allowing a healthy blood flow from your brain to the rest of your body, without any physical manipulation of your neck muscles (a.k.a. "popping" and "cracking" your neck)

now now, I know that for most people the entire thrill of going to the chiropractor's office is at the end when he or she CRACKS your neck into place... but, cracking your neck is actually one of the worst things you can do!

getting treatment restores your neck to its correct curved position

I first heard about atlas orthogonal this from a lady who suffered from severe misalignment... she referred me to Dr. Patrick Kerr, New York's only board certified atlas orthogonist.

I looked him up, and I found a clip of him on the Montel Williams show and an interview with him on The Doctors... so I decided to give it a shot!

at my first appointment, Dr. Kerr took x-rays of my head and neck and explained to me how my neck had been off center for the past 19 years, which explained more than half of the issues I had been having all my life!

he then began my treatment using a machine that sends a vibration through your body, realigning your spine... this procedure is completely noninvasive and pain-free-- in fact, I didn't even feel a thing!

I have been seeing Dr. Kerr for over a year now, and I have noticed a tremendous change in myself... I always feel an immediate difference when I get off the table. By the time I leave his office, my neck is perfectly aligned and I feel fantastic!... but if I'm not cautious of my habits and posture, it is not difficult to throw my neck back out of alignment...

When I started out I came in for adjustments twice a week, but now I have been able to hold my adjustment for months together. It's incredible how amazing I feel when I am balanced... I had no idea it was possible to feel so healthy!

within the first few weeks of treatment, I had multiple people saying things like "something is different about you, but I'm not sure what it is" and "your face is glowing... you look really good"... people noticed a difference in the way I walk and the way I carry myself

after I got adjusted, I found myself looking up higher and more people were noticing me because they were seeing my face and not the top of my head (especially considering most people I meet are taller than me!)

There were 2 incidences in particular that really shocked me... The first time was midway through treatment, when I felt my jaw fall to the right-

initially I freaked out and I told Dr. Kerr that I don't think I'll ever be able to smile again because my face felt crooked and my teeth didn't line up the same way... He just laughed and said everything would be fine in a few minutes... The moment I calmed down, I realized that my jaw didn't shift out of place, it fell right into place. This whole time my jaw was shifted to the left. It was pretty intense!

another time, after I left his office I found myself walking with a limp... again, I freaked out and got really scared... but when I paid close attention, I realized that I was putting equal weight on both legs--which means that I had been walking with a limp all my life and I didn't even realize it- that's why it felt so strange when I was finally walking properly!

Doctor Kerr is a miracle man who heals dozens of people a day... he has become quite famous and has a diverse celebrity clientele as well... He is based in New York city, but hopefully with the right amount of persuasion, his office will expand across the Atlantic and join us here in the UK!

Unfortunately, since AO is still a new concept and has not been properly introduced to Europe yet, so there are only two atlas orthogonists who are listed in Spain and Italy. For more information go to the atlas orthogonal website: www.globalAO.com
(for a list of the doctors nearest to you, click on the 'find a doctor' link at the top of the page)

If for some reason you are unable to locate an office near you, speak to the doctor to find you the best alternate form of healing to get your atlas back on straight (acupuncture is often recommended is a great alternative, so that's definitely something worth looking into!)

**MaVeNeTTe apProVed**

Monday, 18 January 2010

Have You Heard About Paul Arden?

Paul Arden is an incredible author... definitely one of my favorites!

This journalistic genius has written 3 famous books, out of which I have read 2 of them:




I have yet to read God Explained in a Taxi Ride, but the other 2 books have been absolutely FABULOUS!

My Public Relations tutor put the first 2 books on the reading list, and to my surprise they turned out to be some of the most inspiring books I have ever read

So far, I would have to say that Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite is my favorite... Arden really takes the concept of "thinking inside the box" and throws it in your face!

This is a great collection not only for anyone in the PR and marketing business, but for all entrepreneurs!

Here are a few excerpts from some of his books (you may have to zoom in)

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Have You Heard About Smart Mouth?

Halitosis (a.k.a. BAD BREATH) is a real pain in the ass- whether you're the one who has it or you have to deal with someone who does, it's certainly unpleasant.

Unfortunately, most people aren't even aware of when their breath smells, which can create ridiculous amounts of paranoia... to the point where it becomes a mental condition (Halitophobia: the exaggerated fear of having bad breath)

Are you paranoid about having bad breath???

TRUST ME, I've been there and it is definitely a legitimate concern.

After a few hours of googling halitosis and its treatments, I found out about a mouthwash that guarantees fresh breath for 12 hours with each wash...

Smart Mouth mouthwash, £ 6.99

I couldn't believe it, and to be honest, I really thought it was a lie at first.

Now let me tell you, I'm a real skeptic about all these things... the amount of money that has gone down the drain from all these stupid advertising campaigns I've gotten sucked into is ridiculous, so I've finally learned the smart way to shop for new products- READ THE REVIEWS FIRST!

so anyway, I came across a lot of reviews about Smart Mouth and I found this really interesting youtube video about bad breath myths (check it out, its only a few minutes long)...

I can't believe it... ordinary mouth washes are alcohol-based and actually CAUSE bad breath in the long run- whatttt?!?!?!... that's insane! Just imagine the amount of garbage we put into our bodies thinking we're improving our health... unbelievable!

What's interesting about this product though is that they have a section on the website where you can read the BBB analysis that the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division put out on the claims made by Smart Mouth.

After reading all of this, I decided to give it a try... so I got myself a box and I've been using it for a few weeks now.

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am with this product! It comes in 2 separate bottles and a little plastic cup... you pump each bottle 4 times into the cup so that you have equal amounts of both and then you rinse!

What makes Smart Mouth different from other mouthwashes is that it uses zinc ion technology to freshen your breath... it is alcohol-free, so you know it won't dry your mouth out either. I feel so much healthier and it definitely gives me a lot more confidence

Smart Mouth is available locally in the US but is a little bit more difficult to find in the UK... you can order it from this international drugstore online

**MaVeNeTTe apProVed**

Have You Heard About Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner?

Ok so one of my ultimate Beauty MUST HAVES is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner... Yes, that's right, I said Long-Wear. Imagine wearing an eyeliner that lasts for agesssss. Ok, well now you don't have to imagine it anymore because it's available in stores. It has the look of liquid eyeliner with the consistency of a pencil- it's ideal! It's pretty much liquid eyeliner without the mess.

It comes in a little glass bottle and it is applied with a brush. This eyeliner goes for hours before it starts to run (unlike any other eyeliner I have used)... It can be smeared if you're trying to go for that sexy, smokey look or you can let it dry to get a clean, crisp look.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £15

They have a really cool range of colors, so you can't really get bored. The black is a super dark jet black, which is perfect because I've seen a lot of eyeliners that claim to be black but look grey when you put them on.

I swear by this product. I use it every single day and this little bottle lasts me months!

Most department stores carry it, or you could get it online from the Bobbi Brown website.

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Have You Heard About Bionova?

So all my life I have had the same sad story: a pretty face with terrible skin.

Until one day I walked into Barneys New York while looking for styling inspiration for a photoshoot and I was stopped by Nana, (only the coolest person ever!) who introduced me to a product that has changed my life.

Now there are thousands of products out there that promise you all kinds of rubbish, but not many that can back it up.

Nana looked at me and said "hunny, your skin is a 3 day job for me!" and right away I thought "yeahh yeahh, whatever!", but I was intrigued by her confidence and decided to give it a shot.

Now let me tell you, I had some pretty bad skin... lots of acne, oily t-zone, massive pores, redness, mild discoloration, and the list goes on! After I used Bionova's acne cleanser and acne cream activator, I kid you not, within two weeeks my skin was 100% clear! I felt an automatic difference after the first few washes- I would immediately see a GLOW in my skin.

Now, a year later, nobody can tell that I ever had any issues with my skin- it's amazingg!

The best part is that unlike any other product that I've used, my skin doesn't breakout if I miss a few days of my skincare routine. Once, I was traveling for a week and a half and I left my Bionova products at home... I was totally freaking out because I was terrified that I would have the worst skin ever by the time I got back. But I was completely shocked that my skin hadn't suffered at all! Now, I definitely don't recommend you go without your products, but if for any reason you do, you can rest assured that your skin won't suffer. My acne never came back!

Bionova uses nanotechnology to strengthen your skin, rather than stripping layers of it off (like most other products do- yes, even those "all natural, organic" ones too!)... I definitely recommend you read more about it on their website.

Bionova is sold in the US, but has recently launched across the Atlantic and is now available at Harrods and Peter Jones in the UK

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Have You Heard About Me?

Dear Darling Readers,

Welcome to the very first page of Have You Heard! From here on, you will be seeing things from my perspective, and my perspective ONLY. I may not always be ethical or politically correct, but there's one thing you can be sure of- I tell it like it is. From this point onwards, I refer to myself as

Mavenette: the information specialist.

For those of you who are wondering what exactly Mavenette means, let me explain…

In “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell it is explained that there are three types of people that are required to create a tipping point (a tipping point is the point where a new trend begins).

Connectors: social glue, ones who are responsible for sharing contacts and bringing people together

Mavens: People who are obsessed with information, love to learn everything there is to know, and conduct a lot of research for personal benefit. Mavens have credibility because they are passionate, not persuasive, and share information with others for the sake of informing the world!

Salespeople: people who are great for spreading the word, extremely persuasive

So as I learned about this in my Understanding the Media class, it dawned on me that I am a maven... and as a maven, it is my duty to share with you only the best of the best, the crème de la crème (as the French would say!)

Be sure to look out for the following ratings:

**MaVeNeTTe apProVed** I have tried it and strongly recommend it!

**tRiEd aNd DeNieD!!** I have given this a shot, but unfortunately, I’m not a fan

**fAiL** NO CHANCE!! This fell way below Mavenette standards

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comment box... And if you have alternate reviews, I would lovee to hear about them!

Until next time,

Mavenette xx